Attendance will be taken. More than two unauthorized absences may result in a lowered grade by one level (e.g. A- rather than A)
5% of the final grade is based on active participation in the class and contributions to the topics of the last day of class (details to be provided).
15% of the final grade will come from a take-home exam given out in Week 5 and due in Week 7 (Thurs., Feb. 17 by 5:00 in my mailbox).
There is no final exam!
40% of the final grade will come from a panel project, culminating in a PowerPoint presentation in class, a detailed outline of findings, and the creation of a poster to be used in conjunction with Women's International Day, March 8. See guidelines in Assignments.
40% of the total grade will consist of individual 4-5 page typed discussions on four of the topics in the course from weeks three through nine as they pertain to a particular country of the South.
The first paper is mandatory. The other three papers are to be chosen to coincide with other class topics to be covered. At least one paper must be submitted every two week period between weeks four and nine. Ideally, papers should be submitted in class on the day coinciding with the topic in the course to which it most closely corresponds (see Individual Paper Topics in Assignments section), but students have until noon of the Friday of a given week to turn in papers, providing they are prepared to discuss research findings in class on the day that a topic is being covered. Late papers will have 1 point subtracted for every day overdue.
It is a good idea to devote some time early in the quarter to investigating which topics might be most productive to research since there may be very little information on a given topic for your chosen country. (You may use the same or a similar topic as that of your panel for one of the four paper topics if you wish, but the paper should not replicate what you contribute to the panel). See Assignments for a complete listing of possible topics and dates coinciding with different weeks of the quarter.
Please select ONE country to investigate for all the topics you select (For ideas on countries of the Global South look in the Appendix of Women Across Cultures). This will give you a more complete picture of a country and the ways in which various conditions and factors affecting women's and their families' lives interact.
The information you gather should come from at least two, but preferably more, sources. Worldwide Web sources may not be used exclusively, but should be supplemented with materials from peer-reviewed journals and/or books. All sources must be cited (preferably in AA style). Each submission should be typed in a clear, organized manner with a summarizing paragraph of your findings. Each submission is worth 10 points.
Extra Credit: Undergraduate students may choose to earn extra credit by writing a review/critique of a book by or about a woman of the South's life. See me for a handout if you are interested. Intention to pursue extra credit must be declared by Friday, Jan. 28 and work must be submitted by Friday, Feb. 25. A satisfactory paper will result in a better grade for any grade under A (for example, from a B to a B+).
Graduate Students will be evaluated on assignments in a manner appropriate to their graduate rank. In addition to the above requirements, graduate students will complete one of three assignment choices:
1) writing an integrated 8-10 page review/critique of four scholarly articles on a selected topic
2) researching and writing an 8-10 page paper on a selected topic, relevant to the course
3) planning and performing an action project that ties to the course topics with a 3-4 page paper. See special section of Blackboard on Graduate Assignments under Assignments for more details.
Selection of assignment, topics and proposed plan and/or materials should be submitted in writing for my approval by Weds., Jan. 19 by class time. The due date for these assignments is Weds. March 2 by 5 p.m. This assignment is equivalent to 15 points. Final grades will be based on a normative grading scale (.93 of 115 points is an A, .90-.93 is an A-, etc.).